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Old 12-10-2014, 09:35 PM   #1
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Hawk HPS rear brake pad fitment

I recently purchased Stop tech slotted brake rotors on all four corners and hawk HPS brake pads for my 2012 Mustang GT with Brembos. The stock brake pads were a lot thinner than the new performance pads. I started install on the rear and got the passenger side fairly easy. I moved to the other side at the rear and could not get the caliper to fit after the brake pad install. I pushed the piston in with the clamp as far as it would possibly go and still it wouldn't fit. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there something simple that I have overlooked?


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I don't know about your cars brakes. But most rear brakes nowadays the piston has to be pushed in and turned. I had the same exact issue with my cars rear brakes. There are kits out there that you can buy that will do it.

I used a c clamp and vice grips to turn it.


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I rented a piston compression tool from O'Reilly. The piston is pushed in as far as it will go, I even used a cheater bar.
I've been reading stuff on Google about the hawk HPS pads being too thick.


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I run HPS pads on my car and they worked fine when I did the compression and the turning. But different cars so I can't say for sure on yours.


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Mission accomplished! Belt sanded each rear pad for 5 to 10 seconds. That was too easy! Followed break-in instructions and now ready for use.


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